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Action Research for Health and Social Care: A Guide to Practice

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This book has been designed for use as a core text on research methods courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level and on professional training courses. It is divided into three parts. Part one traces the history of action research and shows the links between its use in education, community development, management research and nursing. Building on this background the book explores different ways in which action research has been defined and proposes four different types, each appropriate to a different ...
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Overview

This book has been designed for use as a core text on research methods courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level and on professional training courses. It is divided into three parts. Part one traces the history of action research and shows the links between its use in education, community development, management research and nursing. Building on this background the book explores different ways in which action research has been defined and proposes four different types, each appropriate to a different problem situation and context. In part two, five case studies of action research are described from the perspective of the researcher, including case studies of success and instructive failure. Part three is designed to enable the reader to find a route through the maze of methods and approaches in action research by the use of such things as self-assessment and mapping exercises, a guide to diary keeping and to evaluation. The final chapter suggests that by developing a 'project perspective' action research can be of practical benefit to health and social care professionals in promoting service improvements.

Discusses action research in practice/incl. case studies/self-assessment & mapping exercises/etc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335192625
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
A note about language and terminology
List of figures and tables
Pt. I Action research in context, process and practice 1
Pt. II Action research case studies 79
Case study 1: Micro-politics of action research at a district general hospital 81
Case study 2: From sister to manager - empowerment through a staff development programme 103
Case study 3: 'Sitting in the circle' - working across professional boundaries and with older people in the community 123
Case study 4: Progress and procrastination - using a project group to implement changes in service provision for people with disabilities 147
Case study 5: Changing medication practices in a home for older people 163
Pt. III Working from a project perspective 183
Bibliography 225
Index 238
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